Sunday, June 23, 2024

Louisiana DOTD says Jimmie Davis Bridge project still moving ahead

by BIZ Magazine

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development provided an update June 13 on the funding for the Jimmie Davis Bridge (LA 511) replacement project in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.

“Despite changes to House Bill 2 in the 2023 Regular Legislative Session, which removed a portion of the state general obligation bond funding anticipated for the Jimmie Davis Bridge, the project is still moving forward as planned,” said the release.

Following the end of the 2023 legislative session June 8, approximately $140 million designated toward building a new Jimmie Davis Bridge connecting Shreveport and Bossier was removed from House Bill 2.

“The funding that was removed is not needed immediately, but will be needed in the last few years of this design-build project, which is expected to take nearly five years to complete,” the release added.

The change to HB 2 will not affect the current timeline or progress of work, as the $100 million allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is secured, as well as an additional $108 million in federal bridge dollars and $18 million in state bonds.

Design work has already started.

DOTD intends to submit a capital outlay request to restore the funding that was removed. The request will be included in the budget for approval in the 2024 Regular Legislative Session.

A new four-lane bridge will be constructed, and the existing structure will be rehabilitated into a linear park connecting the existing bicycle and pedestrian trails on each side of the Red River.

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